CCG pilots app to help patients with diabetes self-manage their condition
A new pilot scheme encouraging people with diabetes to self-manage their condition using an interactive website and smartphone app has been launched across a CCG area. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 1, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Diabetes Source Type: news

Low-cost test could help GPs diagnose cancer at an early stage, study shows
GPs could help to speed up diagnosis of patients with colorectal cancer and other serious bowel diseases through the use of a safe, low-cost test, research has shown. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 31, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Bowel Source Type: news

Dame Clare Marx appointed first woman chair of GMC in its 160-year history
Dame Clare Marx has been named as the new chair of the GMC - the first woman in history to hold the position since the regulator was established 160 years ago. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 30, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: People News Source Type: news

RCGP and NHS England urge GP practices to become 'veteran friendly'
GP practices across the country are being urged to become 'veteran friendly' under a new scheme backed by NHS England and the RCGP. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 30, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice management Source Type: news

In charts: What GPs say about reflective practice
Doctors' attitudes towards reflective practice have changed since Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba was struck off the medical register in January. GPonline highlights GPs' concerns about written reflection. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 30, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Appraisal Source Type: news

Doctors need more support following an unexpected patient death, the MDU says
Doctors should be given more support following the unexpected death of a patient, the MDU has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 27, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

RCGP to fund hundreds of work experience placements in GP practices
The RCGP is funding hundreds of work experience placements across the UK in a bid to encourage more young people to consider a career in general practice. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 27, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workforce Source Type: news

GPs positive about practice pharmacists, review of NHS England scheme finds
Placing pharmacists in general practice improves patient care and reduces GP workload, according to a year-long assessment of NHS England's clinical pharmacist programme. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 27, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP Forward View Source Type: news

Employing pharmacists can help reduce GP workload, report finds
Placing pharmacists in general practice improves patient care and reduces GP workload, according to a year-long assessment of NHS England's clinical pharmacist programme. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 27, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP Forward View Source Type: news

Employing pharmacists can boost care and reduce GP workload, study finds
Placing pharmacists in general practice improves patient care and reduces GP workload, according to a year-long assessment of NHS England's clinical pharmacist programme. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 27, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP Forward View Source Type: news

Locum rates increased in most parts of the UK over past 12 months
The average daily rates received by locums have risen in most parts of the country over the past 12 months, according to analysis by GPonline's sister site Medeconomics. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 26, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP locums Source Type: news

Doctors gather at Court of Appeal to show support for Bawa-Garba appeal
Doctors have been gathering outside the Royal Courts of Justice to show their support for Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba as she appeals a High Court decision to strike her off the medical register. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 26, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Bawa-Garba case Source Type: news

Outsourcing primary care support to Capita was a 'shambles', say MPs
NHS England's decision to outsource primary care support services to Capita was a 'shambles' and potentially put patients at risk of serious harm, MPs have said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 25, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Bawa-Garba lawyers set out arguments for appeal in 'lightning rod' court case
A decision to suspend rather than strike off Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba was 'humane and balanced', her lawyers told the Court of Appeal this morning. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 25, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Professional regulation Source Type: news

NHS England reviewing safety regulations around GP diagnostic apps
NHS England is reviewing the regulations that apply to GP diagnostic apps, such as Babylon's GP at Hand, so that patients can be assured of their safety, health and social care secretary Matt Hancock has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 25, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Technology Source Type: news

HPV vaccination programme in England will cover boys, government confirms
Teenage boys in England are to receive the HPV vaccination, the government has confirmed. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 24, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Clinical News Source Type: news

HPV vaccination programme to extend to boys, government confirms
Teenage boys in England are to receive the HPV vaccination, the government has confirmed. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 24, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Clinical News Source Type: news

Why the DDRB recommended a 4% pay increase for GPs
GPs are to receive a 2% pay increase in 2018/19, however the independent Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body (DDRB) recommended a pay rise of 4%. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 24, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Pay Source Type: news

GPs to receive 2% pay rise in 2018/19
GPs are to receive a 2% pay rise in 2018/19 backdated to April, the health secretary has announced. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 24, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Pay Source Type: news

'Anxiety, fear and mistrust' surround written reflection, says GP appraiser
The vast majority of appraisal discussions surrounding reflective notes are directly linked to the case of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba and there is 'anxiety, fear and mistrust' about written reflection, a GP appraiser has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 24, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Appraisal Source Type: news

GP social prescribing to receive £4.5m funding boost
The government is to invest nearly £4.5m in social prescribing schemes in England such as walking clubs, gardening and arts activities. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 23, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Commissioning News Source Type: news

Online tool offers support to GPs caring for vulnerable migrant patients
An online information tool offering practical advice and support to GPs and other healthcare professionals on how to provide high quality care for migrant patients has been launched. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 23, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Technology like Babylon's GP at Hand should be available to all, says health secretary
The NHS should harness new technology like Babylon's GP at Hand app, and make it available to everyone, health and social care secretary Matt Hancock has said in his first speech since taking up the post. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 20, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Technology Source Type: news

70% of GPs say writing reflective notes is unsafe following Bawa-Garba case
Seven in 10 GPs believe that it is unsafe to record reflective notes in writing following the Dr Bawa-Garba case, according to a GPonline poll. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 20, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Appraisal Source Type: news

GMC provides detail of its review into fitness-to-practise referrals for BME doctors
The GMC has published the terms of reference for its investigation into why a disproportionate number of black and minority ethnic (BME) doctors are subject to fitness-to-practise referrals. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 19, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Professional regulation Source Type: news

Three charts that show why GPs need state-backed indemnity
Rising indemnity costs have forced GPs to reduce the work they take on and have driven some doctors out of the profession. As the government prepares to roll out state-backed indemnity from April, GPonline looks at why it's vital the deal is a success. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 19, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

New GPs could delay starting work amid doubts over state indemnity
Hundreds of GP trainees due to qualify next month could delay starting work because of doubts over state-backed indemnity, the BMA has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 19, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

84% of UK GP training posts filled after one recruitment round
A total of 84% of UK GP training posts for 2018 have already been filled, figures released by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) suggest. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 19, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

'If Dr Bawa-Garba was white she wouldn't have landed in such deep trouble', says BAPIO
Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba may not have been struck off if she had been white, a doctors' organisation that has raised concerns about discrimination in the medical profession has suggested. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 18, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

One in four full-time GPs pay more than £10,000 a year for indemnity
More than a quarter of full-time GPs pay more than £10,000 a year for indemnity and nearly two thirds pay more than £7,500, according to a GPonline poll that reveals the extent of rising costs. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 18, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Boys set to receive HPV jab after JCVI recommendation
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisations (JCVI) has recommended that the HPV immunisation programme should be extended to cover boys. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 18, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Cancer Source Type: news

Doctors' groups throw weight behind Bawa-Garba legal appeal
The British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO) will raise concerns about discrimination against BME doctors after winning the right to take part in a legal appeal on behalf of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba next week. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 18, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

Virtual GP service covering 300,000 patients rated outstanding by CQC
A 'virtual' GP service serving more than 300,000 patients across 56 practices in Birmingham has been rated outstanding by the CQC. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 18, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Nearly half of GPs could quit if state indemnity deal fails to deliver
Nearly half of GPs could quit over the next five years if the state-backed indemnity deal set to begin from April 2019 fails to meet their expectations, a GPonline poll reveals. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 17, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Number of GP practices in England falls by 263 in 12 months
The number of GP practices in England has fallen by 263 in the 12 months to 1 July 2018, official data reveal. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 16, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

One in four GPs regularly use social prescribing, survey shows
Almost a quarter of GPs are regularly using social prescribing to refer patients with social, emotional or practical needs to non-clinical services, a GPonline survey suggests. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 16, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Funding cuts leave GPs unable to prescribe stop smoking products
Cuts to public health funding have led to a dramatic fall in prescriptions for stop smoking products and left many GPs unable to provide patients with support to quit, a health charity has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 15, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Smoking cessation Source Type: news

Funding cuts lead to dramatic fall in prescribing of stop smoking products
The number of prescriptions issued in primary care in England for nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) fell by 75% between 2005/6 and 2016/17 and dispensing rates for varenicline fell by more than 50% between 2010/11 and 2016/17, according to new analysis. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 15, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Smoking cessation Source Type: news

New HEE deal aims to recruit GP trainees from the Caribbean
Hundreds of doctors could join the GP workforce as part of a new programme set up between Health Education England (HEE) and a medical school in the Caribbean. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 13, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

CCGs block GP at Hand's expansion to Birmingham
Two CCGs have objected to GP at Hand's plans to expand to a site in Birmingham because of concerns about patient safety. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 13, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Commissioning News Source Type: news

GP leaders slam premises fee hikes as figures show practices owe £202m
GP leaders have hit out at premises service charge increases after the DHSC revealed that practices owe £202m in unpaid fees to NHS Property Services (NHSPS) and Community Health Partnerships (CHP). (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 13, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

GP at Hand's patient list growth starts to slow, data reveal
The growth in the number of patients registering with the controversial GP at Hand video consultation in London is beginning to slow, official data show. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 13, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

NICE guidance on RA updates prescribing and test advice
Updated NICE guidance on RA backs anti-CCP antibody testing for all patients diagnosed with the condition and treatment with a single conventional disease modifying anti-rheumatic drug (cDMARD) rather than a combination. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 12, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Rheumatology Source Type: news

One in four GP trainees forced to work 'beyond their competence'
More than a quarter of GP trainees say they have been forced to cope with clinical problems beyond their competence, GMC data reveal. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 12, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

GMC poll highlights out-of-hours 'exploitation' fear for GP trainees
GP trainees working in out-of-hours care are being forced to work beyond their competence or with insufficient supervision, according to a GMC poll that underlines fears over junior doctors being exploited by overstretched providers. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 10, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

GP out-of-hours services hit by closures amid workforce crisis
Out-of-hours services have been hit by closures caused by the GP recruitment and retention crisis in parts of Scotland, as providers in England struggle to fill shifts. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 10, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

Jeremy Hunt moves to foreign office as Brexit triggers cabinet reshuffle
Jeremy Hunt has moved to the foreign office as part of a major cabinet reshuffle, with former digital, culture, media and sport minister Matt Hancock appointed health secretary. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 10, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: People News Source Type: news

Matt Hancock: What do we know about the new health secretary?
Prime minister Theresa May has appointed Matt Hancock as the new health and social care secretary following a series of high-profile resignations that prompted her to move Jeremy Hunt to the Foreign Office. But what do we know about the new secretary of state? (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 10, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: People News Source Type: news

GPs should limit use of antibiotics for COPD, says draft NICE guidance
GPs have been urged to limit prescribing of antibiotics to prevent or treat COPD exacerbations, in draft NICE advice that highlights risks around effectiveness and antimicrobial resistance. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 9, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: COPD Source Type: news

One in four trainee doctors feel burnt out, GMC survey shows
A quarter of trainee doctors are suffering from burnout, a GMC survey shows, with one in three saying even the thought of work is enough to make them feel 'exhausted'. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 9, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news